Ludwig van Beethoven quartets, op. 18 : a thesis submitted in accordance with the requirements for the degree of Master of Music specialising in the violin, Massey University, Wellington Conservatorium of Music, New Zealand

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This thesis provides extensive foreground analysis and the background to Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartets op. 18. The purpose and scope of the Thesis are also stated, as are the research methods used (ie, how and where the data was obtained). The historical, cultural and social backgrounds in which Beethoven composed his op. 18 are described during the next eight pages. The purpose of the thesis was to explore and describe the factors which were integral to the development and character of this work. These factors are portrayed in the various musical styles of the six Quartets in op. 18. How these styles are achieved is analysed in the section on each Quartet. In this thesis the word "Scope" is intended to mean the breadth of the subject being researched, the range of questions being asked, that is, the limits of the enquiry. In this thesis, there is consideration of the scope of compositions at the time. The influence of this on Beethoven's composition in op. 18 was then determined. A wide range of research methods were utilized during the writing of this Thesis: A literature review was conducted. This is reflected in the key reference tools listed in the Bibliography. Analyis of the factors impacting on Beethoven's composing of op. 18 was undertaken. Careful review of the Scores for each Quartet was undertaken at this stage as part of the analytical process. The resultant musical style of each of the six Quartets was documented. These elements of the analytical process were brought together in the Conclusions. The literature review, analysis and Thesis writing was undertaken in Auckland, New Zealand, during 2001. Regular communication with the Course Supervisor Dr Donald Maurice, based in Wellington, was maintained by phone, fax and Email. Under the topic of "Research Methods", the component of "How the data was obtained" can be further clarified by a brief overview of the writers experience: Completion of five years tertiary education, specializing in the violin, in the former USSR, and a number of years experience in positions as an orchestral violinist in Europe, the Middle East, and New Zealand, practical performances under the guidance of Yury Gezentsvey, and private teaching of students ranging in age from five years to adulthood, have all contributed to the knowledge on music and analytical skills utilized for the methodology in this thesis. [ FROM INTRODUCTION]
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827, Criticism and interpretation